Giroud confirms Arsenal stay after opening-day victor

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Giroud scored the winning penalty in the Community Shield last Sunday and, having finished last season with the best goalscoring ratio of any Arsenal striker, continued that form by coming on last night to clinch victory in a dramatic seven-goal thriller.

Former Manchester United man Danny Welbeck also found the back of the net at the end of the first half, while substitute Aaron Ramsey scored the third goal just minutes before Giroud's victor.

Record signing Alexander Lacazette opened his account within two minutes of the kick-off, but the home side's lead was nearly immediately rubbed out as Shinji Okazaki equalised minutes later before Jamie Vardy put the visitors in front after half an hour.

But Giroud made his mark on Arsenal's new campaign on Friday as his late header secured a 4-3 win at home to Leicester City, who had led when the forward came off the bench. "We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game". "There were hard moments when we were down and we managed to get out of that and it's great to see".

"That's what we're aiming to do", he added.

The match was a great advert for a league that is already prime box office viewing worldwide but Arsenal's hopes of a first title since 2004 will require some polishing of a rusty defence after Leicester put away half of their chances.

Craig Shakespeare's side boasted numerous players, and characteristics, that saw them shock the world to win the title in 2015/16.

The lead lasted three minutes before Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire headed Marc Albrighton's cross from the left back into the middle and Shinji Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.

"We have to take the positives out of the game, we have gone toe-to-toe with Arsenal over 90 minutes and I don't think many teams will come here and do that".

'I'm very pleased for the team tonight, hopefully we're going to carry on'.

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